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Academic Deputy Principal

Shenzhen College of International EducationShenzhen College of International Education, Futian, Shenzhen China

Shenzhen College of International Education:

Principal Purpose of Position: To be responsible for leadership and development of the academic programmes of the College and of Teaching and Learning in line with the guiding statements.

Requirements: We are looking for applicants with strong experience of academic leadership at the senior level, particularly with an A Level programme  who are able to handle all aspects of leading, managing and coordinating the academic programme and developing our High Quality Teaching and Learning. We welcome applications  from those who have experience with Oxbridge students, and who have backgrounds in high achieving secondary schools. Applicants should also consider how they would contribute to the development of our highly achieving academic programme in line with our guiding statements and within the culture of SCIE.

About the School:

Founded in 2003, SCIE is the city’s first full-time high school (Year 10 to Year 13) teaching an international curriculum. SCIE is a highly selective day and boarding school teaching an international curriculum to Chinese students preparing them for oversea universities. Using English as the medium of instruction and communication, SCIE offers IGCSE and GCE AS and A-levels, mainly through Cambridge international. SCIE is a fully accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and a member school of the regional organisations: EARCOS and FOBISIA.

The mission of the College is to educate students in a challenging and international environment that leads to academic achievements at the highest level, and to develop social responsibility, creativity, initiative and enthusiasm, which provide each student with the best preparation for future opportunities.

Students at SCIE aspire to attend the best overseas universities. The class of 2020 received 30 Oxbridge offers in a diverse range of subjects including Philosophy, Computer Science, HSPS(Human, Social, and Political Science), Law, Psychological, Land Economy and Behavioral Science, Economics and Management and Sciences. In addition to outstanding offers from top UK&US universities and liberal arts colleges.

SCIE has a very diversified staff who come from more than 20 countries, not only UK, New Zealand, America and Australia, but also Canada, Colombia, India, Ireland, South Africa and Spain. In 2020, the College has over 140 full-time teachers and 70 administrative staff members.

In August 2020, the College moved to its brand new purpose-built campus in Antuoshan, Shenzhen. The new site is fully equipped for the College expansion with smart classrooms, a large number of science laboratories, a 750-seat theatre, sports facilities and all that we need to facilitate the high quality teaching and learning of the College community. The top floor, with a comfortable staff lounge, gym and designated areas for meetings and CPD, is accessible to staff only. Staff are housed in the separate adjacent staff block, which offers two and three-bedroom furnished apartments.

Antuoshan is in Futian, the CBD district of Shenzhen. The campus is within walking distance to international shops, supermarkets and restaurants. It is a stones thrown away from the Antuo Hill subway station, giving easy and convenient access to the city’s extensive metro network.

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Academic programme:  ADP is responsible for the leadership and management of the entire academic program and for Teaching and Learning in the College.  This includes the following:

a. Responsibility for the College timetable and individual timetables for staff and students

b. Production of an annual academic staffing plan

c. Responsibility for the quality, implementation and review of curriculum, ensuring High Quality Teaching and Learning

d. Appraisal of teaching staff.  Maintenance of standards of competence and professionalism to ensure High Quality Teaching and Learning.

e. Production of the Staff Handbook

f. Assessment, reporting and record keeping

g. Academic induction of new students

h. Facilitating review and purchase of educational materials

2. Managerial position: ADP is direct line manager for the Academic Senior Leadership and overall line manager for all academic staff.  ADP is part of the Principals Team and the SLT. The line manager of ADP is the Principal.

3. Budget Scrutiny: The approval of ADP is required for expenditure related to Academic programmes.

4. Liaison: ADP must work closely with the other members of the Principals Team to ensure that all support and pastoral programs enable the academic program to meet the mission of the College.

5. As a Deputy Principal, the ADP will deputise for the Principal as required.

6. Any other allocated tasks consistent with the principal purpose of the position.

These responsibilities will be carried out in accordance with the Guiding Statements of the College and with due consideration of Child Safeguarding.


According to our published salary scale, including Responsibility Allowance and school apartment, full international medical cover (self + dependent) and annual flight allowance (self + spouse).

Application Process:

Please apply with current CV and a letter of application outlining your experience for the role to

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